Using T-Cut

Ever had that heart-stopping moment when you notice a scratch on your vehicle, you rub it, hoping that it’s just dirt and realise that it’s not?   Ever thought: “I reckon I can fix that”, but you’re not sure what the right product is or how to use it?  


Whilst the most familiar name in the market is T-Cut, it is not the only product.  It is part of a family of products known as cutting oil, rubbing compound, or cutting paste.  It’s an abrasive material which is used to gently remove surface scratches to help make the paintwork look like new. 


Cutting oils, rubbing compounds, or cutting pastes (ok, we’ll just call it T-Cut for simplicities-sake) can be used on all sorts of painted vehicles, including motorbikes, cars, vans, boats, caravans, etc. (we highly recommend checking manufacturers guidelines before using any of products).


  • T-Cut removes a layer of protection from the paintwork; we highly recommend that you regularly wax your vehicle. This will help avoid dulling and corrosion.

  • If your entire vehicle/more than one small area of your vehicle needs T-Cutting, be prepared!  It will take a lot of time, patience, and energy – you’ll certainly have much stronger arms/shoulders by the end of it.  Each section of the car will need to be treated separately.  You’ll need separate microfibre cloths for each section.  Regular waxing to avoid dull/fading paintwork is even more important afterwards!

  • We highly recommend checking the manufactures instructions before you start any T-Cutting activity. 

  • Whilst T-Cut is a good solution, it is only short-term and temporary.  Eventually the paint will fade.  For cars that have dull/fading paintwork, we recommend a new paintjob. 

  • T-Cut is good for lite, surface scratches or scrapes.  We don’t recommend using it for deeper scratches, e.g. wall scrapes, curb clashes, vandal attack (keyed car), etc. 

  • There is a fine balance between not rubbing enough versus rubbing too much.  Rub too little and the scratch remains, rub too much and you might work through to the lacquer to the paint. 

  • Use Microfibre cloths and make sure these do not meet the floor/are laid anywhere they can pick up dirt/dust particles as these could further damage the paintwork.  

  • Clean up as soon as you’re finished and remove the excess T-Cut; the longer you leave it on, the harder it becomes to remove afterwards.

What type of product is right for me?

Whilst other products are available, here’s some examples of the T-Cut product range. 


  • For lighter paintwork/white vehicles consider using T-Cut Colour Fast White

  • For darker paintwork/black vehicles consider using T-Cut Colour Fast Black

  • For metallic/pearlescent/sensitive paintwork consider using T-Cut Metallic Colour Restorer

  • To restore the original colour and shine to paintwork consider using T-Cut Original Colour Restorer 

  • To remove minor scuffs/scratches/marks and add colour consider using T-Cut Colour Fast 

  • To remove surface oxidation, minor scratches and blemishes and add a shiny finish to your paintwork, consider using T-Cut Polish. 

​​We highly recommend you reading/researching the manufacturers/products before trying any fixes yourself.

What you need:

  • Gloves x 1 pair (plus spares) – whilst these are optional, they will help keep your hands clean and free from chemicals!

  • Microfibre Cloths x 4 (1 to apply, 1 to clean and 2 spares) – avoid putting these on dusty/dirty surfaces (e.g., the floor) as they can collect grit and further damage the paintwork.

  • T-Cut or a similar cutting compound product


  1. To avoid further damaging the paintwork, thoroughly clean and dry the impacted area, plus a good 2 to 3 inches around it. 

  2. Put on your gloves (optional but recommended)

  3. Using a clean dry microfibre cloth, apply the T-Cut to the cloth. 

  4. Using a circular motion, with a firm and steady hand, rub the t-cut over the scratch/scuff.  

  5. Using a microfibre cloth regularly clean the area and check to see if the scratch has gone.

  6. When the scratch is no longer visible, use a second (clean) microfiber cloth to wipe the bodywork clean.

We wish you every success in resolving the issues with your vehicle, however, if you would like a free, no obligation quote from ScratchMasters, please don’t hesitate to contact us